Regular diamond vs lab created?

posted 1 year ago in Rings
Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I just picked out my lab diamond yesterday. We found a jeweler we trusted and he ordered some in for us to look at while being extremely through in explaining everything about labs vs. natural.

For us the idea of the lab didn’t seem like an option we wanted but after a lot of research and realizing the drastic difference of what we could get for our money choose lab. The only downfall I could find with the lab was future resale and value, however diamonds don’t hold their value well either and honestly, it’s saving the money now or getting the money back later “if” we sold the diamond.

However, I see where @sunburn would have a strong preference towards natural, and their reasoning of being really into geology/rocks. I however don’t really mind where it came from. this was my only other good argument to not take the cost savings. 

 

i do recommend finding a jewler that will work with you to get lab diamonds if you choose that route. Or to even look and compare the two vs buying online. We paid about the same with the jewler than we would have online brilliant earth for the stone we bought, but got to look at a few options and choose our favorite 

Post # 32
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2021 - Iowa

I have a lab diamond and love it! Ultimately the cost helped us make the choice as we’re both currently finishing up college.

Post # 33
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Honey bee

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sunburn :  I agree with what you said and you have explained it better than me.  

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2020 - Skamania Lodge

I vote lab for the eco friendliness and the fact that they’re conflict-free. Also more economical.

Post # 35
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Worker bee

I personally wouldn’t/don’t mind lab diamonds. I’d prefer to take the extra money and put that towards a trip, house, etc. but everyone has different priorities/values/desires and financial situation. At the end of the day, only we can make that call for ourselves. I will say this though- I personally believe that by the time I have grandchildren, lab diamonds will be much like cz is today. It’ll be much much cheaper, and it’ll be sold in a lot of low budget jewelry. Mined diamonds is different. I don’t think the monetary value of them will go down as much since the costs to mine them probably won’t drop a lot. This is just MY opinion. But I also know that I’m not ever gonna be be buying diamonds for their value/potential value. I’d feel safer with gold if I were wanting to buy investment jewelry. 

Post # 36
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Worker bee

Also, If there’s a chance that you’d ever need to sell your diamond because you need the money, the again, lab diamond is probably not a good choice. 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

allthatglitters14 :  I have a lab diamond and I love my stone to bits.  It’s really stunning and was so much more affordable for the same effect.  My husband found a brick and mortar store that ordered some in for him, so he got to look at them in real life to choose one as well, which he said was great.

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I have a lab diamond. I’ve owned both mined and lab diamonds, and I’ve had to sell my jewelry in the past. It’s a rude wake up call to get offered .20 on the dollar for what you paid for a mined diamond in the resale market. Having an appraisal for insurance purposes is a very different thing than having a buyer who’s actually willing to pay what you want for your jewelry, if and when you’re looking to sell it. I also don’t buy the argument that lab diamond will be worthless in the resale market. You may get less for it, but you’re not going to get offered very much for a mined diamond either compared to what you paid for it. I would rather have the cost savings up front, and enjoy the superior quality of lab diamond relative to most mined stones, as far as clarity and color. The fact that they are chemically identical to mined diamond sets them apart from simulants like CZ or moissy, which have different optical properties and hardness. A well cut lab diamond is visually identical, with negligible microscopic differences compared to mined diamond that don’t matter to me. Most arguments to keep the price of mined diamond artificially high are arguing for their worth as Veblen goods.

 

Post # 39
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Bee Keeper

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sharpshooter :  I thought you explained it pretty well yourself! 

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2021 - Smoky Mountains

We wanted lab grown stone to begin with and ultimately went with a moissanite for my engagement ring, keeping our budget in mind and enjoying the optical properties of moissanite, but if I ever were to change the center stone to a diamond I would go with a lab created one

Post # 41
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Bee Keeper

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SabL22 :  This is an excellent way to offset the environmental cost of diamonds which is the disturbing part of diamond mining for me. Many of mine are used/preowned and since they’re millions of years old it really doesnt matter who had it first.

Post # 42
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Bee Keeper

Lab diamonds are ridiculously over priced [although lowerin cost  than natural diamonds-but the markup is still retail pricing].  I would look for a pre loved diamond and take it out of whatever setting you purchased it in, and work the angle that way.  It would be much more cost effective than buying retail, or new.

Post # 43
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Worker bee

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allthatglitters14 :  I wish lab had been an option with all my previous diamond purchases.  I’d have pretty much the same jewelry and a lot more money in my pocket.

The only way I’d care about a lab stone is if you could tell with the naked eye.  

Post # 44
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Busy bee

I’d probably buy a mined diamond second hand.  I like my jewelry to have history and think of myself as the current custodian. Lab diamonds seem to be a good option for some though.  I do wonder about the cuts.  I’ve seen videos of lightbox diamonds and they seem kind of meh.  I haven’t seen videos of others.

Post # 45
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Busy bee

I like the idea of knowing that my stone evolved overtime to what it is now, It’s been through a lot and survived and that it has been around for thousands of years. While I have nothing against lab diamonds to me they don’t have same symbolism and they are no different then other diamond alternatives. Main reason I see people go for them is the cost of mined diamonds but if the symbolism is not for you then why diamond at all? Why not another stone? I wanted the history. I have a smaller stone then my friends, we remained in our budget. 

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